Stafford Borough Council is launching a recycling scheme that will provide one household a month with a cash prize.
Council staff will pick one household a month at random and check its refuse bin. If it is free of recyclable items, the householder will be given £60, if it is not, another property will be visited.
The council will publicise in advance the area it will be visiting.
The scheme is part of a range of initiatives to drive up the council’s recycling rate to 60%. The current rate is around 53%.
Other initiatives include setting up a bathroom suite in public to raise awareness on which products can be recycled and extending collections to cartons, areosols and batteries.
Councillor Frank Finlay, cabinet member for environment, said: “We all know that recycling is good for the environment but what many do not know is that it is also good financially. The council is given money for the amount we recycle and this cash is pumped back in to the service.
“And the more money coming back to the service, means less money needed to run it - so ultimately recycling is helping to keep council tax down.”